Five Women’s Players Bring Suit Against U.S. Soccer

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Five star players for the U.S. women’s national soccer team have filed a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission alleging gender discrimination.

 

The women speaking out are some of the biggest names in the sport.

Carli Lloyd, Megan Rapinoe, Rebecca Sauerbrunn, Hope Solo and Alex Morgan are the tip of the spear in a fight they say they’re fighting on behalf of women everywhere.

According to the players’ attorney, Jeffery Kessler, the United States women are paid 40% of what their male counterparts make.

He didn’t mince words when speaking about the case.

“THIS IS ONE OF THE STRONGEST CASES OF GENDER DISCRIMINATION I HAVE EVER SEEN.”

Jeffery Kessler

Public support for the women’s team and the women’s game has never been higher.

After their 2015 World Cup win, they were celebrated as heroes.

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Source: Getty Images/Robert Martinez

 

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Not female heroes, just heroes.

Hope Solo, no stranger to controversy, spoke passionately about the situation.

“THE NUMBERS SPEAK FOR THEMSELVES. WE ARE THE BEST IN THE WORLD, HAVE THREE WORLD CUP CHAMPIONSHIPS, FOUR OLYMPIC CHAMPIONSHIPS, AND THE USMNT GET PAID MORE TO SHOW UP THAN WE GET PAID TO WIN MAJOR CHAMPIONSHIPS.”

Hope Solo

 

 

The players could be in for a lengthy legal battle but are not backing down.

Public support for the women’s team and the women’s game has never been higher.

After their 2015 World Cup win, they were celebrated as heroes.

Not female heroes, just heroes.

“I THINK THE TIMING IS RIGHT, JUST COMING OFF A WORLD CUP WIN, THE PAY DISPARITY BETWEEN THE MEN AND WOMEN IS JUST TOO LARGE. AND WE WANT TO CONTINUE TO FIGHT.”

Carli Lloyd

It’s not like the coffers are empty, either.

According to the United Sates Soccer Federation’s financial statement from late 2015, the organization had $83 million in net total assets – a 10% increase over 2014.

Being chintzy and sexist is not a good look for the U.S.

Pay these women what they deserve.

Will these women be successful in their suit?

Yes

No